TDS January Newsletter

Clanin's Corner

Choose Your Tools

Just as a doctor, architect, or mechanic reaches for a particular tool to accomplish a particular purpose, teachers of reading also make choices among available tools. Last month this newsletter shared information about guided reading, but how are strategy groups different?

Strategy Group Reading (One Piece of the Balanced Literacy Puzzle)

Strategy Group Reading is especially effective for:

  • helping students develop more skill in using a particular reading strategy
  • students who may be reading at different guided reading levels
  • re-teaching

Strategy Group Reading is especially effective when:

  • it's short and sweet - approximately 15-20 minutes
  • readers get an opportunity to apply the skill/strategy in their own independent reading
  • strategy groups meet consistently for a few days to build on teaching points… think of this like a teaching “cycle”

What does it look like?

  • Readers may be using a shared text for the mini-lesson OR Readers may be using their independent texts for the mini-lesson
  • Each Reader has a text in his/her hands
  • Teacher connects today’s learning to previous learning
  • Teacher clearly states the teaching point
  • Teacher models the teaching point in his/her own/shared text or with a student’s text
  • Students try the skill/strategy while teacher observes, scaffolds, and guides
  • Teacher might then make a second teaching point based on observations
  • Students go off and practice skill/strategy in their own independent reading

Strategy: Attacking Tricky Words (all students can work on these skills, no matter what book they bring to the small group table...)

Upcoming Professional Development

    • January 14- Units of Study PD from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm @ CRE
    • January 16- REACH ELA Mapping Committee from 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm @ CO
    • January 17- District Professional Development 1/2 Day
    • January 21- District Kindergarten Math Book Study from 4:15-5:15 @ CRE
    • January 23- REACH ELA Mapping Committe from 4:15-5:45 @ CO
    • January 28- Math Curriculum Mapping from 4:14-5:45 @ CO

    Krista Clanin

    Teacher Development Specialist @ GES, HRE, and NBE